A car sales yard along the intersection of Stafford and Webster Roads could be replaced by a 24-hour medical centre if a development application from Ethos Urban receives the green light.
The planned site, spanning 3,803 square metres, will become the home of a new two-storey facility that will accommodate tenancies for 15 general practitioners and 78 underground car parking spaces. It will be open to Brisbane north residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The development application (DA A005697853), filed with Council in April 2021, seeks to demolish and turn the car yard into a commercial site as well, providing wide-ranging allied health services for the community.
Ethos Urban outlined in its application that the site is in a prominent location, which will be crucial to running a successful facility. The developers said that based on their research, this local area needs more medical clinics as it’s below the Queensland benchmark for GP providers per 10,000 people.
“The proposal is consistent with the character of the locality and community expectations for the site and is responsive to local community needs. It represents a high-quality architectural design that protects the amenity of nearby residential uses through good design, extensive landscaping and noise mitigation measures,” the planners stated.
Whilst there are at least two medical centres nearby, such as the Stafford City Doctors and the Stafford Rd Medical Practice, there is no 24-hour medical centre in the area.
Council is still assessing the application and is awaiting the submission of the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) report, which should be ready by September 2021.